“Mitigation, adaptation, suffering” : In search of the right mix in the face of climate change
AbstractThe usually assumed two categories of costs involved in climate change policy analysis, namely abatement and damage costs, hide the presence of a third category, namely adaptation costs. This dodges the determination of an appropriate level for them. Including adaptation costs explicitly in the total environmental cost function allows one to characterize the optimal (cost minimizing) balance between the three categories, in statics as well as in dynamics. Implications are derived for cost benefit analysis of adaptation expenditures.
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cost of climate change; adaptation; mitigation; residual cost; envelope cost function; cost benefit analysis;
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- Henry Tulkens & Vincent van Steenberghe, 2009. "“Mitigation, Adaptation, Suffering”: In Search of the Right Mix in the Face of Climate Change," Working Papers 2009.79, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
- Henry Tulkens & Vincent van Steenberghe, 2009. ""Mitigation, Adaptation, Suffering": In Search of the Right Mix in the Face of Climate Change," CESifo Working Paper Series 2781, CESifo Group Munich.
- Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters
- Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
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